Isamu Noguchi

Isamu NoguchiIsamu Noguchi was born in 1904 in Los Angeles, California, to an American mother and a Japanese father. Noguchi lived in Japan until the age of thirteen when he moved to Indiana. In 1942 while still enrolled in Columbia University, Noguchi began to take evening sculpture classes at Onorio Ruotolo’s Leonardo da Vinci Art School. After three months of classes, Noguchi held his first exhibit of plaster and terra cotta works. After dropping out of Columbia University, the artist moved into his first studio and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship grant to study in Paris despite being three years short of the age requirement. Noguchi studied at Constantin Brancusi’s studio from 1927 to 1929. Upon returning to the United States, Noguchi became a political activist after the anti-Japanese backlash after the attack on Pearl Harbor. From this point in his career forward, Noguchi’s art would often have a political theme. He continued to worked in Japan, the United States, and Europe. In 1985 Noguchi opened The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York. This building designed by the artist marked the culmination of his commitment to public spaces. After numerous awards and retrospectives, Noguchi died in New York City in 1988.